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June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

My sister who is 42 and lives in the area of the retreat was diagnosed with precancer which was a different kind in each breast. It would have been so nice if she and her husband would have been able to go to the retreat where they could be alone with no phone or doorbell or any interruptions and discussed the options. would it be a double mastectomy, take medicine for 5 years than what etc. They could have prayed, cried, shouted and what ever in the beginning of this discussion making which would have made it easier for them later.

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My mom and sister are cancer survivors. They both have the support of the people involved in the retreat which is so helpful when we do not live near them.

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It would be excellent to be able to have more funds available for the retreat to be able to finish the basement etc. Also more funds to have more professional medical people and organizations involved.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I volunteer my time and donate to Hopes Journey because both my daughter and I are breast cancer survivors. Additionally I had an advanced form of uterine cancer. Following our treatment both my daughter and I wish we had been able to have had access to the beauty and serentity that Hopes Journey Retreat Center has to offer. Because the founders lost their loved one's to cancer they chose to honor them by building special center. As a volunteer I am so impressed by the dedication, hard work, the financial commitment and spirit of the principals and other staff members. I hope you'll visit the website to see the work that's been done, read about their mission and future plans to serve cancer survivors and their families. Please consider supoprting Hope's Journey's fundraising events. Kathy D

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Working as a volunteer it's been such fun working together with so many others to help Hope's Journey a reality. The people involved are fantastic.

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The only changes needed are to raise awareness and more funding to see this dream come true for the many survivors it can serve.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I am a volunteer, board member and currently serving as President of Hopes Journey. I lost my brother-in-law to cancer in 2005 and my husband to cancer in 2006. As a result, I started Hopes Journey Retreat because I felt that there is a great need for this kind of facility...a calm, tranquil and serene place, apart from the every day chaos and stress...for families to be together. A place where they can be nurtured and be given hope. When guests stay at our facility, it is our hope that the fear, anxiety, and pain cancer patients are forced to bear will be replaced with a renewed spririt, inspired to perservere on life's journey. Whether visitors choose to relax or be active, Hopes Journey offers a variety of opportunities to celebrate strength and courage. Some of the activites available include canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, skiing, yoga, pilates, arts and crafts, massage treatments, reflection, prayer, meditation and resiliency training. Hopes Journey welcomes not only those living with cancer, but those with other chronic health care problems as well.

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I have witnessed how much Hopes Journey has done for others. Being a part of this organization has introduced me to so many compassionate and caring individuals. It has also brought me close to families that are coping with cancer and the changes it brings in their lives, just like it did in mine.

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Hopes Journey needs more volunteers and people committed to seeing it grow into a full time facility that will serve the Twin Cities area, Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota. We need to develop a strong base of monetary donors to go along with our numerous fundraising events in order to continue to reach out and help individuals and families in need of our support.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I have observed through a fund raising event, the dedication and interest from the public regarding Hope's Journey. Being personally involved with a cancer patient, having a place to go to get away from the day to day concerns giving a respite from fears is so important. Hope's Journey is providing this for people. It is a unique opportunity for caring people to care for others.

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Seeing the enthusiasm and commitment of the volunteers.

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like them to be connected with permanent financial support.

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

I am a Board Volunteer and I am a cancer survivor of stage 4 with cancer in 5 areas of my body.
I totally believe in Hopes Journey. When I was doing Cemo I was like many others and very sick. I remember laying on my davenport and seeing my grandson looking at me with big eyes looking so
scared and not sure of what he was going to see If our family could have gone to Hopes Journey spending time together we could have talked about our hopes and fears and rested. It would have assured everyone even tho I was so sick, for the time being, everyone was comfortable being to gether during this difficult time. We all could have learned about the foods and exercises that would help me get stronger fighting cancer.

I have seen many people at fundraisers at Hopes Journey and out in other public areas and everyone has given me many names of people who need this facility to help them learn to cope with life after they have heard their Doctor say YOU HAVE CANCER.

I have many people who have volunteered to help us when we are able to get Hopes Journey Cancer Retreat going full time.

It is just plain and simple, we need money to help us move forword to help people with cancer fight the battle.
Thank you

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I have personally watched a family using the Hopes Journey Cancer Retreat. My friend was dealing with cancer 3 times, sick woman. After visiting Fund Raising events at retreat, her son decided would do his Eagle Scout Award doing landscaping, hiking trails, build birdhouses etc and build a memorial garden. About 1 month ago, Kyle, his mom, and all his family spent a Sat. all working together. They were all able to be at retreat for a time, not knowing that a month later His Mom would pass away.

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I would try and get more organizations to help us financially . By having more money available, I would like to be able to also help service men who have served in the war and their families and professionals be able to use our facilities.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Have more volunteers available to help with the many activities we would like to do. By being more solvent we would be able to afford to expand the information on Hopes Journey to a much larger area.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

My volunteering with Hopes Journey has put me in contact with many more people who have cancer and the daily challenges they face. I am an American Cancer Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Chairperson. When I attend their Local, State, and Midwest events I am more aware of problems Cancer Survivors experience in their lives. I now feel I am able to assist more people with the challenges facing Cancer.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel the Lord has a plan for me as I am a SURVIVOR of cancer. I have lost MANY to the dreaded disease of CANCER. I feel so fulfilled being able to help people and I feel I am stronger because of all the volunteer work I do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 30, 2011

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June 30, 2011

We attended an open house earlier this year. This is a very lovely retreat center and very private. It is a wonderful place for cancer patients/survivors and their families to experience some quiet time together and take a break from the busy routine.

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The retreat was well organized and the volunteers were very helpful explaining the mission of this retreat.

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They are in need of more help financially and physically.

June 29, 2011

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June 29, 2011

I have been a volunteer for Hopes Journey since it first started the journey. It has been a joy working with the dedicated volunteers and meeting so many wonderful caring individuals. We have had fun with fundraising, and I even jumped out of an airplane!

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meeting wonderful, caring people

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add people to vollunteer training and fundraising

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

We just recently returned from a week-end stay at "Hopes Journey Retreat Inc."
My mother is a Kidney Cancer Survivor but now is in renal failure.
My mom, dad, husband and I had a wonderful time at the Hopes Journey.
It is nestled in the woods with a back drop of wildflowers in
bloom and many animals we saw scurring about.
It was a great place for us to come together as a family to support one another and heal.
The story about how Hopes Journey came to be is amazing! What a wonderful gift from Mr. Lund!
We felt welcomed and went home with a strange feeling of Peace.

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I have expireienced what I feel Hopes Journey is all about? (atleast to me) Is the Peace it brang me. I felt like I was a little lighter in the Heart when I left.

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I don't really know what to say about changes to this Organization? I feel anyone who is lucky enough to be apart of the expierence will come away with feeling like me.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

How did you find this group?

To be very honest! I won it in a raffel for a Cancer Benefit.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To Take One Day at a Time!

June 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011

Hopes Journey is a beautiful retreat for cancer patients and cancer survivers. Set in the north woods of Wisconsin on the bluff of the St. Croix River, this gorgeous log home and center is in the midst of some of the most beautiful nature I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. The staff are truly caring and nurturing individuals with the sole intention of making your stay as comfortable and wonderful as it can possibly be. Nature trails for walking or just sitting and meditating on the peaceful beauty of nature is healing to the soul and body. Optional amenities and classes are an added plus to the experience. Enjoy!

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Experiencing the grounds. I've had massages by the massage therapist.

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Can't think of anything.

June 14, 2011

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June 14, 2011

Hopes Journey is a warm, restful and inviting lodge that is designed for peaceful thoughts, walks in the woods, nights by the fire, and plenty of space for enjoying the garden, sipping wine on the porch while the birds serenade you....all the things that are important when your family is managing through cancer or other devastating illnesses. I spent a long weekend at Hopes last winter with my daughter and friends....yoga, healthy meals, crafting....highly recommended for families and friends who need a nature-filled escape for a time.

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Hopes has allowed me, my family and friends to find a time away from it all where simple things can be the focus and the bigger things in life just fade away.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to tell more people about it so they could enjoy it.

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